What is a Good Sam Chapter?

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some questions we often receive regarding the Oregon Good Sam. We hope these help you in your journeys. If you should have any other questions, please don't hesitate to email us.

What Is A Good Sam chapter?

All Good Sam members are encouraged to join a local Chapter for wholesome, increased outdoor fun, fellowship, travel, touring places of interest, pot luck dinners, and other interesting camping activities. This creates new and long lasting friendships and memories. Chapter members usually meet once a month for a campout get-together or other Chapter activities such as service projects or support of local charities. Many of the Oregon Chapters are strong supporters of the Dogs for the Deaf, as well as other local charities.

During the year, Chapters meet for a campout designated by the wagonmaster or by common agreement of the Chapter members. Once a year, in June, all Chapters attend a state Samboree at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, Oregon.

During the winter months some Chapters elect to have their meeting at a local restaurant for breakfast or lunch.

A Chapter is made up with a varying number of rigs, each Chapter determining its own membership size. They camp together, play together and give support in times of need. The Chapter members have vests in their own Chapter colors, with patches from the states, parks and points of interest, they have visited. The more you become involved in a Chapter the more satisfying the experience.

If you are interested in joining in on the fun by joining a local Chapter, visit the Chapters page for names and communities served by our existing chapters. They will be more than happy to answer any further questions you may have. If you are unsure about a Chapter in your area, send an email message to the State Director at: oregongoodsamfamily@outlook.com.

Why should I join a Good Sam chapter?

We have a fantastic PDF we invite you to download to answer just that question!

How do I join a Good Sam chapter?

Contact the State Director using the email address with your name, Good Sam Number, Address and Telephone Number. They will put you in contact with chapter(s) in your area. Then you can visit with those chapters and decide what chapter you would like to join.

It’s as easy as that!

How do I form a Good Sam chapter?

Bring a Friend Meeting
A group of at least six family units of Good Sam members are invited to attend a neighborhood get-together. Bring a non Good Sam friend to the meeting to not only get a new member for the Chapter, but also introduce the new Good Sam'ers to the "Greatest on Wheels".

Your Chapter develops its own guidelines for how your chapter operates and we have samples for you to use.

All members of the Good Sam Chapter must be members in good standing of the Good Sam.

How to Register Your New Chapter
Fill out a New Chapter Registration Form. This form can be obtained from your State Director who will be happy to assist you in forming and registering your new chapter.

This form must be completed in triplicate with one copy for your files, one copy for the State Director, and the third sent to the Good Sam. Decide on Chapter Name and Officers like: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Wagonmaster.

Approved registration form is returned to the Good Sam thru the State Director and Regional Director.

Meetings are Conducted Using familiar meeting management techniques like a discussion around the campfire.

  • Meeting called to order
  • Introduction of guests
  • Roll Call
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Announcements
  • Adjournment

How Do We Identify Ourselves
Develop your own Good Sam Chapter patch design. The patch must either include the words "Good Sam" or the Good Sam logo (Sam smiling face). Send sketch to State Director for approval. When your patch is completed, send one to Good Sam to have it displayed on their Chapter Patch Board displaying Chapter patches from all over the world.

Most Importantly...

What is an Oregon Good Sam state rally?

Oregon Good Sam holds three state meetings (a long weekend) a year with a dual purpose for each. First, we do have business to conduct as we are training new chapter officers each year and managing the resources to the benefit of all the members. Secondly, we have entertainment, crafts, tours of local items of interest, and opportunities for another fun camping experience.

The Rallies are held in March, May and October of each year and most of the events are open to all Good Sam members. Since it is a business meeting there are some events closed to the public.

What is a Good Sam "Samboree" all about?

Each year, all the Oregon Good Sam chapters meet once, in June, for the annual Samboree, a camping adventure on a grand scale—all done by volunteers.

A multiple day event with an emphasis on fun! No meeting! Meeting new and old friends!

There are major events like Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Chapter Recognition Night, Fun Night, Sunday Worship, and a big Saturday Night Show. There are also vendors of special interest to RVers, seminars, crafts and activities/games for the young and young at heart.

The Oregon Samboree is unique from many other State Samborees. We put on our entertaining Saturday night show with volunteer talent and have a grand time doing it! We are also noted for our Golden Wed Ceremony where we celebrate Golden Anniversaries with couples from Oregon and all over the nation. We also celebrate 60th, 65th and even 70th Anniversaries and want to do our first 75th Anniversary very soon.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly, outgoing group and encourage new campers to attend. You need not be a Good Sam member to attend but we challenge you to leave without wanting to be a member!

The camping experience is one of a kind! And it is a safe and hospitable environment for the whole family!

Consult the Highway Magazine for Samboree schedules in all states or contact the Oregon State Director.